9 Things to Know About Adult Asthma


Susan Fishman

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When people think about asthma, they often think of a condition that’s diagnosed in childhood. But there’s a specific type of asthma called “adult onset asthma” or “late onset asthma” that, as the name implies, you may develop later in life.

Asthma can be quite a different experience for adults than for children, with it’s own unique set of symptoms and challenges. Understanding the differences, and how to cope, will help you breathe easier.

1. Adult asthma can develop at any time in life. Asthma is common in adults ages 65 and older, but it can start at any point in life. It tends to run in families, but not all family members get it. If you had allergies or asthma as a child, you may be more likely to get asthma, or have it recur, later in life. Obesity is also thought to increase the risk of developing asthma as an adult.

Lots of people with asthma experience symptoms when they exercise—but that doesn’t mean you should stop being active! Real asthma patients and specialists explain how exercising with asthma is crucial—you just need to be prepared and know your body.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Jan 19, 2016

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